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Skanda Sashti

Hindu Of Universe

“God’s light is within you, It never leaves you.”

Skanda is a popular Hindu deity especially among Tamil Hindus.

Lord Skanda is son of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

In south India, Skanda is considered as the younger brother of Lord Ganesha while in north India Skanda is considered as the elder brother of Lord Ganesha.

God Skanda is also known as Murugan,

Kartikeyan and Subramanya.

Sashti Tithi is dedicated to Lord Skanda.

Devotees keep fast during Shukla Paksha Sashti day.

For Skanda Sashti Vratam the day when Sashti Tithi is combined with Panchami Tithi is preferred.

Hence Skanda Sashti Vratam might be observed on Panchami Tithi.

Skanda Sashti is also known as Kanda Shashti.

When Panchami Tithi ends or Sashti Tithi starts between sunrise and sunset then both Panchami and Sashti are conjugated and this day is chosen for Skanda Sashti Vratam.

This rule has been mentioned in Dharmasindhu and Nirnayasindhu.

Many Murugan temples in Tamil Nadu, including famous Sri Subrahmanya Swami Devasthanam in Tiruchendur, follow the same rule and Soorasamharam day is observed one day before Sashti Tithi if on previous day Sashti Tithi is combined with Panchami Tithi.

Although all Sashti(s) are dedicated to Lord Murugan but Shukla Paksha Sashti during lunar month Kartika (which is during Solar month Aippasi or Karthikai) is the most significant one.

Devotees observe six days fast which lasts on Soorasamharam day.

Next day after Soorasamharam is known as Tiru Kalyanam.

Next Skanda Sashti after Soorasamharam is known as Subramanya Sashti which is also known as Kukke Subramanya Sashti and falls during lunar month Margashirsha.

Temples Dedicated to Lord Murugan

Following six abodes, which are known as Arupadaiveedu, are the most important shrines for Murugan devotees in Tamilnadu, India.

Palani Murugan Temple (100 km south east of Coimbatore)

Swamimalai Murugan Temple (Near Kumbakonam)

Thiruthani Murugan Temple (84 km from Chennai)

Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple (10 km north of Madurai)

Sri Subrahmanya Swami Devasthanam, Tiruchendur (40 km south of Thoothukudi)

Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple (10 km south of Madurai)

Marudamalai Murugan Temple (a suburb of Coimbatore) is another important shrine.

Kukke Subramanya Temple, near Mangalore, Karnataka, India is also very famous shrine dedicated to Lord Murugan but it is not part of six abodes of Lord Murugan which are located in Tamil Nadu.

Introduction to Skanda Shasti

The Sanskrit word Shat stands for number 6.

Shasti, as such, denotes the 6th lunar day of both the waxing and the waning fortnight of the Moon.

Of these, the 6th day of the waxing phase is considered auspicious for undertaking special worship and austerities.

Hence, Shasti has come to represent the 6th day of Shukla Paksha, the waxing phase of the moon or simply, the 6th waxing moon.

The Shasti that falls on the waxing phase of the Moon in the Hindu Lunar month of Ashwin (Oct- Nov) is observed as Skanda Shasti.

Significance of Skanda Shasti

Muruga, also known as Subramanya, Karthikeya or Skanda, is the son of Lord Shiva and his consort, Goddess Parvati.

He is a unique Godhead, who remains the rare combination of matchless valor and supreme, divine intelligence.

According to legends, it is on Skanda Shasti that Lord Muruga put an end to the demon, Surapadman.

Hence, Skanda Shasti is regarded as very special for Muruga worship, when devotees observe Vrat (fasting) for propitiating him and receiving his blessings.

Mythology behind Skanda Shasti

According to mythology, Surapadman was a demon, who obtained many boons, became quite powerful and started oppressing even the Gods.

As desired by his parents, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Muruga led an army of celestial beings against the demon forces and fought Surapadman, his henchmen and their mighty army.

The fierce battle ended on the 6th day, when Lord Muruga comprehensively defeated Surapadman and his evil forces, relieving the Gods and the people, of his repression. This day is observed as Skanda Shasti.

The grateful devotees remember the heroic feat of Muruga, sing his glory for the first 5 days, and on the 6th Skanda Shasti day, they undertake Vrat or fasting and offer him special worship to commemorate his resounding victory.

This triumph is also enacted in many Muruga temples as ‘Surasamharam,’ the annihilation of Surapadman, and is held with great enthusiasm in Thiruchendur, the seashore temple of Lord Muruga.

Rituals of Skanda Shasti Vrat (Fasting)

Devotees install a picture or idol of Lord Muruga at home, decorate it with flowers,

light a traditional lamp, preferably a ghee lamp and incense, make offerings of fruits and special delicacies like sweet pongal, and offer worship along with the reading and reciting of texts and hymns like Skanda Puranam and Skanda Shasti Kavacham.

Some also worship the Vel or the lance, Murga’s principal weapon and also visit Muruga temples.

Devotees begin the fast early in the morning and continue it till next day sunrise.

Some observe Vrat on all the 6 days, from morning to evening.

While a few go on complete fasting, some have only liquid diets, and some others, fruits.

Refraining from other thoughts and purifying the mind only with spiritual thinking during fasting, is considered as important or even more, than abstaining from food.

While the fasting is completed on the sixth Surasamharam day,

Thirukkalyanam, the marriage of Lord Muruga with Indra’s daughter Devasena, is celebrated on the next day.

Benefits of Observing Skanda Shasti Vrat

According to sacred texts, observing Vrat (fasting) on Skanda Shasti can bestow the following benefits:

  • Ward off negative energies
  • Help to overcome impediments
  • Achieve success in all endeavors
  • Chanting of Skanda Shasti Kavacham hymn shall grant sound health and attract wealth
  • Muruga is also the overlord of Mangal or planet Mars, and his worship can help to remove Mangal afflictions in the birth chart
  • Bestow courage to face life with determination and win over problems

Ways to observe fast on Skanda Sashti

Skanda Sashti Fasting or upavaas in an important observance dedicated to Lord Muruga.

Sashti is the sixth day of the lunar fortnight in traditional Hindu calendar.

Sashti occurs during the waning phase of the Moon and the waxing phase of the Moon.

The Sashti that falls on the waxing phase of the Moon in the Hindu lunar month of Ashwin (Oct- Nov) is observed as Skanda Sashti.

It is on this day that Lord Muruga killed the demon, Soorapadman.

The Skanda Sashti fasting or Viratham is observed for 6 days from Prathama, the first day after the New Moon of Diwali to the sixth day of Sashti tithi.

Each of the six days is spent in devotion to Lord Muruga by way of reciting the glory of Muruga from the scriptures, visiting his temple, observing fast and performing pooja to please him and attract his blessings.

Devotees of Lord Muruga observe partial or full fast throughout the Skanda Sashti period.

Ways to observe fast on Skanda Sashti

  • Fasting begins with sunrise. It is broken on the next day morning sunrise after praying to Sun God.
  • After bath, the house and the pooja room are cleaned thoroughly. A picture or idol of Muruga is chosen for worship. Prayers are offered to Muruga by lighting a ghee lamp, offering any food preparation or naivedya like sweet pongal, lighting incense and showing arati with camphor to the Lord.
  • Pooja materials like sandal paste, rose water, kumkum, turmeric, flowers – form an important part of ritualistic worship.
  • Muruga`s Vel or Lance is important in worship. Abisekham or anointing the Vel with scented rose water or clean water brings great merit upon the devotee. Muruga used this almighty weapon to destroy Soorapadman. Prayers offered to this divine weapon helps to wipe away the strong negative karma in our lives.
  • The day is spent on purification of the mind through thinking spiritual thoughts and reciting the glory of Muruga. All activities should be done to make one conscious of Muruga.
  • Fasting plays an important role during the six days. Fasting is not just about abstaining from food but it is an attempt to instil positive thoughts. Fasting is a means to fight against impurities like anger, passion, impatience and other negative tendencies. It helps to get rid of toxic wastes accumulated in the system.
  • Vow of fasting is an intense effort to realize Muruga in oneself. It also confers immense merit, destroys sins of past lives, grants wishes, and fulfils the desires of the heart.
  • Method of fasting depends on each person and varies accordingly. It is a complete fast for some, while rest observe partial fasting. Some take a single meal alone on each of the six days.
  • Some avoid solid food and opt for a diet of milk, fruits and liquids. Food should be sattwic in nature.
  • Non vegetarian food is strictly forbidden on these sacred days. Some avoid onion and garlic in their food preparations.
  • Most people who observe the fast pay a visit to Murugan temple to take part in the pooja and seek his blessings.
  • The most important activity during the day is reciting Skanda Sashti Kavacham by Devaraya Swamigal, reading and listening to stories related to Skanda, reading Skanda Purana, reciting Subramanya Bhujangam by Adi Sankara.
  • Meditations, worship, abstaining from telling lies, shunning greed, malice, envy are spiritual efforts to discipline the mind during the period of fasting. Fasting is a method to bring about self-control and self-discipline.
  • The fasting ends on the sixth day which is the soorasamharam day. The next day is Thirukalyanam, where Lord Muruga marries Devasena, the daughter of Indra.

Astrological Remedy

Lord Muruga is the presiding deity of Planet Mars.

Those with mangal dosha or afflictions from Planet Mars in their birth charts will get great relief if they observe Skanda Sashti fasting.

It removes all impurities and bestows immense blessings.

Constant consciousness of Muruga finally makes the devotees strong and fearless to wage a battle of life.

The devotees emerge as righteous beings.

Only a pure body and mind can receive positive vibrations of nature.

Mantra for Lord Skanda:

|| Om Saravana Bhava||

Skanda Sashti Vratam – Importance

Every Sashti Tithi is dedicated to Lord Skanda.

On Shukla Paksha Sashti day, devotees of Lord Skanda observe a fast to please their deity and get his blessings.

However, for devotees to observe Sashti Vratam, the most auspicious time is when Panchami and Sashti Tithi combine.

In other words, the end of Panchami tithi and beginning of Sashti tithi between sunrise and sunset is the most appropriate hour that is chosen to observe Skanda Sashti Vratam.

This is why this fast is observed during Panchami Tithi.

History and Story of Skanda Sashti Viratham

Although all Sashti Tithis are devoted to Lord Murugan but the most significant is the one which falls in Shukla Paksha of lunar month Kartik.

On this day, devotees observe a 6 day long fast which concludes on Surasamharam. 

Surasamharam day is decided on the basis of association of Panchami and Sashti tithi.

This is the reason all the temples of Lord Murugan celebrate Kanda Sashti on Panchami Tithi.

Surasamharam is the most significant day of this 6 day long festivity as it was on this day that Lord Skanda or Lord Murugan defeated an evil demon named Surapadman. Hence, this day also marks the triumph of good over evil forces.

On the next day of Surasamharam day, devotees celebrate Thirukalyanam.

Although Skanda Sashti is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm in all temples dedicated to Lord Murugan but the most extensive and grand celebration takes place in temple of Thiruchendur Murugan.

Among all the Skanda Sashti dates, the one that falls in the month of Kartik in Shukla Paksha is considered highly significant and is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm in South India.

Skanda Sashti

The popular Hindu deity known amongst the Tamil Hindus is Lord Skanda.

Skanda is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and is considered the younger brother of Lord Ganesha.

But in northern India, Skanda is worshipped as the elder brother of Lord Ganesha.

The other names of God Skanda are Murugan, Kartikeyan and Subramanya. Skanda Sashti is also known as Kanda Shashti.

The Panchami Tithi or sashti tithi begins between sunrise and sunset and later both the Panchami and sashti are conjugated on this day for Skanda Sashti Vratam.

This is mentioned in Dharamasindhu and Nirnayasindhu, where many Murugan temples in Tamil Nadu, like Sri Subrahmanya Swami Debasthanam in Tiruchendur.

 Significance

The day plays a significant role, as on this day, Lord Murugan is eliminated by demons named Soorapadman and his brothers Tarakasura and Simhamukha.

It is believed that Lord Murugan severed the head of Soorapadman using his weapon named Vel or Lance.

So this day is marked as a tribute to Lord Skanda for killing demons and restoring peace to devotees’ lives.

Rituals

Devotees wake up early in the morning to take a holy bath.

Then they observe a fast for the whole day to worship Lord Murugan.

Fasting starts early in the morning and ends the next morning.

The fasting ritual is based on the full-day fast to undertake partial fasting.

Then the devotees offer an oil lamp, incense sticks, flowers, and Kumkum to the idol of Lord Skanda.

Skanda Sasti Festival

Skanda Sashti, the sixth day in the bright half of the month of Aippasi, is celebrated in Saivite temples all over Tamilnadu, and with an extra measure of grandeur in temples dedicated to Subrahmanya.

Skanda Sasti commemorates the destruction of evil by the Supreme General Kartikeya, son of Shiva, and is celebrated with the dramatic enactment of Soora Samhāram.

Mention must be made of the grand celebrations at Tirupparankunram, Tiruchendur, two of the six ‘Padai Veedu’ temples of Murugan.

At Sikkal, the festival image of Subramanya receives a spear, from the Ambal shrine, and breaks out in sweat, a day before the climax of the festival.

In this article Vijay Raghavan explores the background of this festival.

Skanda: Skanda is an ancient deity mentioned in stone inscriptions and shown on coins (1st cent. to 5th cent CE).

The story of Skanda is found among others in the Mahabharatha, Śiva Purana and is retold in Kalidasa’s Kumara Sambhavam.

Chandogya Upanishad identifies Skanda as Sanat Kumara.

In Tamil, Arunagiri’s Thiruppugazh, Nakkeerar’s Thiru Murugātrupadai, and scores of other literatures praise the glory of Muruga in devotional poetry.

The Story of Skanda Shasti is the story of the birth of Skanda or Kumara and the fulfillment of the purpose of His divine incarnation.

“Tormented by the asura (demon/anti God) Tarakasura, the devas with Indra at their head went to the world of the self born the creator” (Kumara Sambhava 2.1)

Lord Brahma the Creator said ” only the spark of Shiva can produce the hero who will defeat the powers of the evil” Unfortunately, Shiva The king of yogis was lost in a deep state of meditation and samadhi.

None of the Devas dared to disturb him… least of all convince him to create a progeny.

Upon Brahma’s suggestion, they sought the help of Parvathi and Kama (the god of love).

Parvathi agreed to help and engaged herself in severe penance to attract Shiva’s attention.

Kama also agreed to help and engaged himself in the suicidal mission of arousing Shiva from His state of Samadhi.

Kama shot his arrows of love at Shiva who was eventually disturbed and the fire of anger from his third eye burnt Kama into ashes.

The penance of Parvathi and the sacrifice of Kama paid off.

Shiva was aroused from his Samadhi.

However, none could bear the sparks of His fiery seed.

It fell into the mouth of Agni, and afterwards received by Ganges, who in turn threw it into Sara Vana (forest of arrow like grass).

Thus Saravanabava was born. He was also Skanda – Shiva’s power of chastity preserved through penance.

Skanda was raised by the six mothers of the divine constellation of Krithikai (pleiades) . Karthikeya divided himself into six babies to be nursed by six mothers.

When Parvathi came and gathered all the six babies, He became Shanmukha – the one with the six faces and one body.

Shanmukha became Kumara – the powerful virile adolescent who was also the beautiful and the handsome (Muruga) .

He was made the General (Deva Senapathi) of the God’s army. “….Of the army generals I am Skanda.”..

(The Gita). Skanda received from his mother Parasakthi an all powerful Vel (lance). Hence He is also Sakthi Velan.

He engaged the armies of Simhamukha, Surapadman and Tarakasura on a six day battle and vanquished all of them on the sixth day.

The Asuras were annihilated and the Devas were liberated.

The sixth day (Sashti) of the waxing moon (sukhla) in the month of Ashada (Oct/Nov) is celebrated as Skanda Sasti.

Indra was restored to his kingdom and gave his daughter Deivayanai or Devasena in marriage to Skanda.

In order not to discriminate between the rich and the poor, Muruga also married Valli the gypsy damsel.

Puja Items Needed

  • Small murti (idol) or picture of Ganesha
  • A vel or picture of Lord Subrahmanya
  • Sandal Paste, water, turmeric, kumkum, flowers and usual puja items

After bath, clean the puja area.

  • First pray to Lord Ganesha for removing all obstacles.

Now the main Puja begins

  • First meditate on Lord Muruga – You can do this silently or by chanting Om vali devasena samedha Shri Subrahmanya Swaamine namaha dhyaayaamii
  • Now invoke Lord Muruga – Take the idol or picture or Vel and keep it near you or hold it in your hands. You can silently pray to Muruga or chant Om Vali devasena… swaamine namaha aavaahayaamii
  • Now you can place the idol in the appropriate place chosen by you in the puja area – you can chant – Om aasanam samarpayaamii
  • Now you can sprinkle some water – Om…namaha arghyam
  • Now you can pour some water on the feet or near the Vel – Om… namaha paadhyam
  • Sprinkle some water again – Om… namaha aachamaniyam
  • Now you can sprinkle rose water or usual water – Om… oupachaarika snaanam
  • Sprinkle some water again as final purification – Om…snaanaanandharam aachamaniyam
  • Now you can offer turmeric paste or if you have special dress for idol you can offer it –Om… vastraartham akshadaam
  • Now you can offer Sandal Paste to the Vel or idol – Om gandhaan dhaarayaami
  • Now you can do decorations with flowers or garlands – Om…gandhsyopari alankaaranaartham akshadaam
  • Now you can offer kum kum – Om…haridraa kumkumam
  • Finally, you can offer some flowers – Om…pshpaih poojayaami

Now you can light the lamp and chant Skanda sashti kavacham, Subrahmanya Bhujangam or read Skanda Purana or any tale related to Lord Muruga.

You can also perform archana after lighting the lamp or your usual method of daily puja with camphor and agarbathis.

If you have prepared any food (naivedyam) you can offer it to the lord and perform Aarti.

At the end of the Puja you can thank Lord Ganesha for helping in successfully conducting the pooja.
Skanda Sasti Celebrations

Corresponding to the six days of the war over the evil forces, devotees undertake fasts, prayers and devotional singing to Lord Muruga.

Most of the devotees stay in the temples during these six days.

In Tiruchendur and Tiruparankundram events leading to the conquest of the Asuras are dramatized and enacted.

Offering of Kavadi on Skanda Sasti is a form of popular worship.

According to Swami Śivananda ” the Lord spent His childhood in Tiruchendur and took Mahasamadhi at Kathirgamam.

If anyone goes to Kathirgamam (Sri Lanka) with faith, devotion and piety, and stays in the temple for two or three days , the Lord Himself grants His vision to the devotee.”

SIGNIFICANCE OF SKANDA SASHTI

  • Devotion to Lord Murugan: This period is dedicated to worshipping Lord Murugan, seeking his blessings for victory, wisdom, and spiritual growth. His power, courage, and unwavering devotion to duty inspire devotees.
  • Overcoming Obstacles: Skanda Sashti is believed to help overcome challenges and obstacles in life. Devotees perform various rituals and prayers to appease Lord Murugan and receive his divine grace.
  • Spiritual Upliftment: Observing Skanda Sashti with dedication is considered to bring spiritual benefits like inner peace, strength, and positive transformation.

RITUALS AND OBSERVANCES

  • Fasting: Some devotees observe a full or partial fast for all six days, consuming only fruit and milk.
  • Prayers and Chanting: Devotees chant mantras like “Om Muruga” and recite hymns dedicated to Lord Murugan.
  • Puja: Special prayers and poojas are offered to Lord Murugan, including abhishekam (pouring holy water), offering flowers, and chanting prayers.
  • Visiting Temples: Devotees visit temples dedicated to Lord Murugan, participate in special poojas, and seek his blessings.

PUJA TIMINGS

The exact puja timings might vary depending on your location. However, you can perform the puja during Shukla Paksha Shashti, which commences on    

  • Significance of February 14: Interestingly, in, Skanda Sashti falls on Valentine’s Day. While Skanda Sashti focusses on spiritual love and devotion, it serves as a reminder of the importance of all forms of love and commitment in our lives.
  • Local variations: Specific rituals and celebrations might vary depending on regional traditions and temple customs.

May this Skanda Sashti bring you blessings, joy, and spiritual upliftment!

Skanda Sashti 

Skanda Sashti festival is dedicated to Hindu God Muruga (Kartikeya or Subramanya). Kanda Sasti is observed in the Tamil Month Aippasi. Skanda Sashti begins with six-day fasting and ends on with Soorasamharam.

Thirukalyanam

Skanda Shasti celebrates the victory of Lord Skanda over demon Surapadman.

Tamilians, especially Murugan devotees, around world observe fasting for six days before the festival.

It is a major festival in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, other parts of South India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa.

Son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the divine incarnation of Skanda was to primarily annihilate the demons that had created anarchy on earth and restore Dharma.

He was the commander of the army of the Devas.

A six day battle took place with Demon Surapadman and on the sixth day Muruga killed Skanda killed Demon Surapadman (Soorasamharam) with his ‘Vel’ or lance.

Legend has it that Muchukunda, a King South India, was advised by saint Vasishta regarding the correct observances of the Skanda Sashti Vratam.

After observing the Vrata, King Muchukunda became powerful and famous and the fame of his kingdom spread around the three worlds.

It is said that the King became so powerful that Lord Indra (the king of demigods) took his help to defeat Asuras.

The fasting of Skanda Shasti begins on the Pradma Thithi after Deepavali in Tamil Nadu.

The first day after the Amavasi that follows Deepavali.

During the fasting period, devotees confine to a single meal.

Some people only fast on the Soorasamharam day.

The fasting ends with the Thirukalyanam on the next day.

How To Observe Skanda Shasti Vratam – Fasting?

Skanda Shasti, or Kanda Sasti, Vratam is an important observance dedicated to Lord Muruga. It is observed in the Tamil month of Aippasi and most devotees fast during the 6-day period.

There is no common method of Skanda Shasti fasting.

Different devotees observe it differently.

But there are some basic rules followed by all the devotees.

  • Non-vegetarian food is completely avoided during the period.
  • Some people also avoid garlic and onions.
  • Those who are observing the fast make it a point to read scriptures related to Lord Muruga or recite the Kanda Shasti Kavasam or Subramanya Bhujangam.
  • Most devotees also visit Skanda temples during the period.
  • When it comes to Kanda Shasti fasting, some devotees only take a single meal a day.
  • Some take the meal at noon and others at night.
  • Some devotees confine to fruits and juices during the 6-day period.

There are several Skanda devotees who see the Vratam as an opportunity to clean the body and get rid of unwanted toxic elements.

Such devotees confine to water, coconut water and other fruit juices.

The fasting ends on the Sixth day.

It must be noted that ‘Vrat’ or ‘Vratam’ in Sanskrit means ‘vow.’ Vratam should not be misunderstood as mere fasting.

By observing a Vratam a person is trying to purify his mind through meditation, worship and by sticking to some ‘vow’ that he/she has taken.

Now, this vow can include fasting, not telling lies, not getting anger etc.

A vratam should be seen as a deliberate attempt on your part to bring back discipline into your life.

Fasting should be voluntary and it should not be done unwillingly.

If you are taking medicines, do not observe intense fasting and stick to the routine suggested by your doctor.

How to perform Skanda Shasti Puja at home?

Here is a simple method to perform Skanda Shasti Puja at home.

You can do this Puja on all six days of the Skanda Shasti Vratam or on the Soorasamharam day.

Before beginning any Hindu puja try to create a calm and pleasant atmosphere.

Try to keep all the puja items near you.

Puja Items Needed

  • Small murti (idol) or picture of Ganesha
  • A vel or picture of Lord Subrahmanya
  • Sandal Paste, water, turmeric, kumkum, flowers and usual puja items

After bath, clean the puja area.

  • First pray to Lord Ganesha for removing all obstacles.

Now the main Puja begins

  • First meditate on Lord Muruga – You can do this silently or by chanting Om vali devasena samedha Shri Subrahmanya Swaamine namaha dhyaayaamii
  • Now invoke Lord Muruga – Take the idol or picture or Vel and keep it near you or hold it in your hands. You can silently pray to Muruga or chant Om Vali devasena… swaamine namaha aavaahayaamii
  • Now you can place the idol in the appropriate place chosen by you in the puja area – you can chant – Om aasanam samarpayaamii
  • Now you can sprinkle some water – Om…namaha arghyam
  • Now you can pour some water on the feet or near the Vel – Om… namaha paadhyam
  • Sprinkle some water again – Om… namaha aachamaniyam
  • Now you can sprinkle rose water or usual water – Om… oupachaarika snaanam
  • Sprinkle some water again as final purification – Om…snaanaanandharam aachamaniyam
  • Now you can offer turmeric paste or if you have special dress for idol you can offer it –Om… vastraartham akshadaam
  • Now you can offer Sandal Paste to the Vel or idol – Om gandhaan dhaarayaami
  • Now you can do decorations with flowers or garlands – Om…gandhsyopari alankaaranaartham akshadaam
  • Now you can offer kum kum – Om…haridraa kumkumam
  • Finally, you can offer some flowers – Om…pshpaih poojayaami

Now you can light the lamp and chant Skanda sashti kavacham, Subrahmanya Bhujangam or read Skanda Purana or any tale related to Lord Muruga.

You can also perform archana after lighting the lamp or your usual method of daily puja with camphor and agarbathis.

If you have prepared any food (naivedyam) you can offer it to the lord and perform Aarti.

At the end of the Puja you can thank Lord Ganesha for helping in successfully conducting the pooja.

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